Boys ignored warnings before sand tunnel collapse

The two boys digging a sand tunnel on Salmon Creek State Beach ignored warnings shortly before the tunnel collapsed, killing one of them, state parks officials said Tuesday.|

The two boys digging a sand tunnel on Salmon Creek State Beach ignored warnings shortly before the tunnel collapsed, killing one of them, state parks officials said Tuesday.

The warning was given by a beachgoer, not a ranger, said Linda Rath, superintendent of the state Parks and Recreation district, which encompasses the Sonoma Coast beaches.

Jonathan A. Waldrup, 10, of Tucson, Ariz., was trapped in the sand tunnel Sunday when the bank gave way and a cypress tree fell, rangers said.

He was digging with his 15-year-old cousin when the tragedy occurred. The cousin was partially buried, but managed to free himself.

It took an hour for rescuers from the Sonoma County Sheriff?s Department, state parks, the Bodega Bay Fire Department, the CHP and state Fish and Game to reach the boy, after which resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.

The boy was on a vacation with his mother, Elizabeth Waldrup, the cousin and an uncle and staying in the Bodega Bay area.

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